Bumble is back (1984 - 1989)
the end of the 1983 season, a rare opportunity arose. The club was alerted
to the availability of a top class player with Test experience, who
was known to everyone at the club as well as living in the town. He
had played for the club as a junior, grown into a County cricketer,
captained his county and had a son at the club on the verge of the 1st
team. The player in question was of course David Lloyd also known as
Riding on a wave of optimism, Accrington won four out of the first five
matches, including an emphatic victory in the 1st Round of the Telegraph
Cup at Accrington on May 6th. Accrington batted first and scored 211-8
in their allotted 48 overs with David Lloyd scoring his first century
for the club. His innings of 121 was to be his highest score for Accrington.
David then took 3-31 and Alan Worsick 4-42 to bowl Rishton out for 126.
The early season promises were not fulfilled however, and Accrington
finished the season in 10th place with 9 wins and a total of 46 points
in the league and a 2nd Round exit in the Telegraph Cup to Burnley.
David Lloyd scored 673 runs and took 37 wickets in his first season
as professional. He made a huge contribution both on and off the field.
David spotted the potential of Mark Aspin as an opening bowler and Mark
repaid him by taking 25 wickets at 24.2 each as well as scoring 366
runs. Captain Alan Worsick turned back the clock with 59 wickets at
13.5 each to win the league bowling prize for most amateur wickets.
Billy Rawstron (359 runs) and Andy Stevenson (346 runs) had fine seasons
and enjoyed a 131 run opening partnership at East Lancs. Two young stars
of the future were emerging in 1984; Paul Barratt (111 runs at 22.2)
and Graham Lloyd. The finest performance of the season was saved until
the last match at home to Rawtenstall. Trevor Hatch scored a brilliant
match winning 88 not out (5x4, 4x6) in a partnership of 125 with Andy
Stevenson (52) that destroyed the Rawtenstall attack. Trevor hit 28
in one over off spinner Pat Rush as Accrington finished the season in
Trevor Hatch was appointed as captain for 1985, the season that six
ball overs were reintroduced. The format was now 46 overs per side.
Midway through the season, the team were challenging eventual champions
Haslingden, in second place in the table. Accrington fell away badly
after losing at Haslingden in mid July and eventually finished in 5th
place with 64 points having won 12 matches and lost 10. Mark Aspin took
44 wickets to jointly win the league Under 25 bowling award and Alan
Worsick (40 wickets) and Ian Birtwistle (31) were also successful. Billy
Rawstron had a fine all round season, scoring 504 runs and claiming
27 victims behind the wicket. Graham Lloyd and Neil Jones both scored
exactly 300 runs. David Lloyd in his last season as professional, scored
725 runs at 33.0 and took 48 wickets at 13.8 each. David had ambitions
to become a First Class umpire and as such would only be available for
a limited number of matches in future, so a new professional had to
The club signed Australian Rod Tucker from New South Wales and later
Tasmania for the 1986 season. Tucker, a left handed batsman and right
arm medium fast bowler had previously played for Farnworth in 1984 and
1985. Accrington's form in the league was a carbon copy of the previous
season. Eleven of the first thirteen games were won to put them in 3rd
place in the league, but three wins out of the final eleven matches
meant that once again the club finished 5th with 64 points.
The Telegraph Cup however, was a different story as Accrington reached
their first final since 1976. In the 1st Round, Accrington thrashed
Rishton by 111 runs. Rod Tucker scored 88 not out as Accrington totalled
204-4 and then bowled out Rishton for 93. East Lancs were the opponents
in the 2nd Round in a match also played at home. The visitors made 167-8
in their 48 overs, a total Accrington passed with 5 wickets down. Graham
Lloyd was top scorer with 59 to earn a semi final tie at Rawtenstall.
Accrington batted first and scored 218-8. David Lloyd scored a quick
59, Rod Tucker 44 and Andy Stevenson 30. Rod Tucker claimed the first
four Rawtenstall wickets to finish with 6-31 as the home side were dismissed
final was played at Accrington on Sunday August 10th with Todmorden
match was a very tense affair as matches between these two teams were
around this period with Accrington winning their first trophy in 11
years. Alan Worsick was named Man of the match.
final league game of the 1986 season was a high scoring affair, at home
to Haslingden. It featured a 134 run opening partnership between Graham
Lloyd (84) and Geoff Hayhurst (49) as Accrington made 225-3. In his
final match for the club as an amateur, Graham Lloyd made his highest
score in the Lancashire League. He would now follow in the footsteps
of his father David Lloyd, Bob Ratcliffe and Graeme Fowler to Old Trafford
and a successful career in First Class cricket.
At the end of the season, four members of the Cup winning team left
the club. Rod Tucker, who had scored 679 runs taken 37 wickets, declined
terms for 1987, Graham Lloyd (498 runs at 24.9) joined Lancashire, Mark
Aspin (260 runs and 44 wickets) joined Walshaw as professional and Andy
Stevenson joined Walshaw as an amateur.
Indian Test player Bharathi Arun was engaged as professional for 1987.
24 year-old Arun was a right handed batsman and medium pace right arm
bowler who played for Tamil Nadu. Arun was recalled to India mid way
through the season leaving the club to find substitutes for the rest
of the campaign. Graham Beech returned from Enfield and Nick Marsh,
a left handed opening batsman moved into the area and joined the club.
The season started with a win over Todmorden with captain Alan Worsick
taking 6-27. In the next home match Rishton, with their new professional
Viv Richards, were the visitors. A huge crowd saw Richards score 98
not out in a comfortable win for his team. The two sides met again three
weeks later in the Worsley Cup with the same outcome. There was some
consolation however, for Alan Worsick, who became the first amateur
to dismiss Viv Richards in taking 5-42. After Arun's departure, Accrington
borrowed Ian Austin from Lancashire for all but one of the remaining
games. Ian scored 428 runs at an average of 61.1 and took 13 wickets.
The game at East Lancs saw the return of Graham Lloyd as substitute
professional. The home side were dismissed for 84 with Martin Whittle
taking 5-42 in a superb 22 over spell of left arm medium pace bowling.
Graham Lloyd then scored 53 not out as he and Nick Marsh (28 not out)
saw Accrington home to a 10 wicket victory. David Lloyd was restricted to five matches but he managed to become only the second Accrington player to win the 'Telegraph Tankard' for taking 7-28 against Ramsbottom at Accrington on August 29th.
The final match of 1987 at Nelson, was to be Alan Worsick's finale.
After a career spanning three decades Alan was to retire. Nelson won
the toss and batted on a perfect pitch. At 80-0, Alan came on to bowl.
After conceding 17 runs in 5 overs, he took himself off. The score was
172-4 in the 39th over when Alan came back for one last spell. Two wickets
in his first over proved that the magic was still there. Alan finished
with 5-22 in 9 overs, his second spell brought him 5 wickets for 5 runs.
Alan was applauded off the field. Accrington needed a total of 201 to
win. The score was 167-6 in the 42nd over when Alan joined Billy Rawstron
at the crease to a standing ovation. Off his first ball, Alan scored
a single. The next ball finished up in the car park as he seemed intent
on going out in blaze of glory. Sadly it was not to be. Alan's last
innings ended when he was bowled for 12. The crowd rose again and applauded
Alan all the way back to the pavilion. The career of one of the club's
best and most popular players was over. In his career at Accrington,
Alan had scored 2,714 runs and taken 873 wickets in the Lancashire League.
Accrington went on to lose the match by 1 run. Once again Alan was leading
amateur wicket taker with 26. Nick Marsh's first season yielded 435
runs and Graham Beech's return brought him 378 runs. The club finished
the season in 8th position with 49 points. Seven games were lost to the
weather, five of them in the second half of the season.
Rod Tucker returned as professional for the 1988 season and David Lloyd
was appointed 1st team captain. The season began with four straight
victories. Rod Tucker scored 110 not out at Todmorden and then took
5-54 against Rawtenstall and 6-28 at Rishton where David Lloyd suffered
a torn achilles tendon which would keep him out of action until the
end of August. The team had mixed fortunes after that and finally finished
in 8th place with 49 points and 10 victories. Rod Tucker had an outstanding
season, finishing top of the league batting averages with 977 runs at
an average of 57.5. He also took 58 wickets. Ian Birtwistle took 44
wickets (including eight wicket hauls against Haslingden and Ramsbottom),
Nick Marsh scored 379 runs and new recruit Andy Barker from Enfield
scored 303 runs.
Jamaican all rounder Robert Haynes was Accrington's professional for
the next two seasons. Haynes, 24, was a left handed attacking batsman
and a leg spin bowler who could also bowl seam up. He represented the
West Indies in One Day Internationals in India and Pakistan. In 1989,
Accrington had an excellent season, finishing as runners up in both
the league and the 4 Sports Worsley Cup. The club won 18 league games,
the same as champions Haslingden, for a total of 79 points. Robert Haynes
had a great season, scoring 896 runs and taking 89 wickets. Nick Marsh
(583 runs) and Andy Barker (527 runs) starred with the bat, as did David
Lloyd (40 wickets) and Ian Birtwistle (35 wickets) with the ball. Pride
of place however, must go to Billy Rawstron. Billy had a magnificent
all round season, scoring 554 runs at 29.2 and breaking the club wicketkeeping
record with 43 victims (19 caught 24 stumped). In the second match of
the season at home to Bacup, Billy claimed six stumpings, three each
off Haynes and Lloyd. The record was broken in the last game of the
season at home to East Lancs when Billy stumped Phil Mooney off the
bowling of Robert Haynes.
The most dramatic moments of the season were in the Cup run. A 2 wicket
win at Burnley was followed by a 9 run win at Rishton on two high scoring
games. The reward was a semi final visit to Todmorden on Sunday 25th
June. Accrington arrived in Yorkshire expecting to face the rather ordinary
Sri Lankan Ratnayeke, only to find the fearsome West Indies giant fast
bowler Ian Bishop standing in for the injury stricken Sri Lankan. David
Lloyd won the toss and elected to bat. Marsh and Barker put on 63 before
Marsh was caught behind. Robert Haynes was next in and wasting no time,
he dispatched Bishop's first ball over long on for six. Four balls later,
Haynes was out attempting to pull a short ball. Barker and Rawstron
soon followed and Accrington were 77-4. Paul Barratt and Trevor Hatch
pulled the situation round with a stand of 54. Barratt continued to
play a superb innings and was last out having completed his maiden half
century as Accrington made 195-9. In spite of a 1st wicket stand of
50, Todmorden never looked like making the runs and were all out for
144 with Haynes taking 6-44. Accrington would now play Enfield in the
final at home. Enfield made 201-9 and then bowled Accrington out for
139 with Billy Rawstron making 57. David Lloyd announced his retirement
at the end of the season, having made a priceless contribution to the
club both on and off the field since his return in 1984.
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